Modern sanitation is a true marvel. Americans enjoy a cleaner (less smelly) environment largely due to the amazing advances in plumbing. We all know basically what happens when you flush one toilet. But what would happen if every toilet in the US were flushed at the same time?
Since no one has ever attempted such an experiment before the true results are a bit of a mystery. However, with the science and mathematics available, sanitation experts can give us a pretty realistic scenario. But before we can appreciate the answer, we need to gain a better understanding of the system itself. Read more
A sump pump is a mechanical device used for removing water. You can use sump pumps in a variety of locations, including basements and crawl spaces. Anywhere standing water is a problem is a good spot for a sump pump. A sump pump will remove any water that invades these areas. Simply put, a sump pump has a float. When water makes the float rise to a certain level, the sump pump turns on and starts pumping the water out.
Sump pumps are designed to last for a long time. However, no mechanical device is perfect and they all need proper maintenance and testing to ensure they work right. If you have a sump pump in your home, make sure you test it on a regular basis and provide simple maintenance. By testing your pump regularly, you will be able to fix any problems before the pump is needed. Regular maintenance will help keep your pump working right for many years. Read more
Today is World Water Day, a day dedicated to making the world more aware of the importance freshwater has on our lives, and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
The first World Water Day was held on March 22, 1993, and has been held every year since as a way to highlight specific problems and solutions to our water supply. The 2011 event, Water For Cities: Responding To The Urban Challenge, focuses on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems. It aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organization, communities and individuals to actively engage in addressing the challenges of urban water management.
Did you know:
- This is the first time in human history that most of the world’s population lives in cities – 3.3 billion people.
- 38 percent of the growth is represented by expanding slums, while the city populations are increasing faster than city infrastructure can adapt.
- Every second, the urban population grows by 2 people.
- 95 percent of the urban population growth in the coming decades will take place in the developing world.
- A lack of safe water and sanitation in cities leads to cholera, malaria and diarrhea.
This isn’t just someone else’s problem. We all share in the need for building towards a future in which freshwater is available to everyone.
Do your part today.
Some areas have water with high levels of magnesium and/or chloride. Elevated levels of these minerals lead to the label “hard” water. Over time, these minerals can cause two types of problems:
1. You may notice that hard water leaves a residue or “scale” inside teakettles and coffee pots. Magnesium and chloride tends to stick to containers long after the water is gone. While this may mean a gross looking coffee pot, the threat on your pipes is a bit direr. This scale can build up over time and impede water flow.
2. “Hard” water diminishes the lathering capability of soap and increases its tendency to scum. End result: a less satisfying shower experience and soap scum rings on your tub. Read more
Backflow is the term used to describe the reverse flow of water back in the direction it came from. It can happen in any type of plumbing or piping system, including the plumbing in your home. Backflow can cause clean water sources to become contaminated.
Backflows can be caused by a number of reasons, including the loss of water pressure. For example, imagine you are watering your garden with pesticides attached to your hose. A water main breaks and you suddenly lose water pressure. This can create a type of siphoning action and the pesticides in your hose can be sucked back into your clean water supply, leaving you with contaminated water.
Preventing backflow is not difficult. It simply involves installing mechanical devices in the plumbing or piping system that prevents the water from backing up. These devices ensure that your water supply remains clean and healthy for drinking, cooking, bathing, and other uses. There are several different types of backflow prevention devices, including: Read more
Your basement should be a useful space in your home, not simply an area for storage. With a finished basement, you can add square footage and value to your home. With the addition of a bathroom in your finished basement, your home’s appeal goes up even higher. Adding a bathroom to your basement is not as daunting as it sounds. With the right information, equipment, material, and help (if needed), you can have a bathroom that will make your basement the envy of all your friends!
Determine the size and layout of your bathroom. Do not just dive in to your project. Take the time to pick the ideal location in your basement. Create a plan of how you ultimately want your bathroom to look. This includes whether or not you want a full bathroom. Decide, in advance, where you want the toilet, sink and tub/shower.
Start with the frame. The first part of the actual construction begins with the frame. Check with local code enforcement for any standard regulations you must follow in choosing the right material. Basement remodeling usually requires different material than upper level remodels due to the location.
Plumbing and electrical wiring come next. After the frame is built, you are ready to install the wiring and plumbing needed to make your bathroom function. If you are not licensed to do this, hire a professional. While there are some things that are possible to learn on the fly, others can have a huge impact. A flood from a pipe laid in error, or a fire from a faulty connection could be devastating. Also speak with professionals first as you are in planning phase. They may be able to offer advice on the easiest and least costly way to place certain fixtures.
As spring approaches, millions of people are getting ready for some overdue TLC in the garden. Whether your home is new or old, the yard surrounding it is an important part of curb appeal. You may be tempted to rush out and buy the prettiest foliage you can find. However, it is important to take the time to research your purchases.
“Living green” has become quite important in today’s world. With more than 6 billion people on earth, and water one of the scarcest resources we have, doing your part can help make a difference. One way to do this is to buy drought resistant plants. By having to use less water to keep your yard looking its best, you will be doing your part for the planet.
Xeriscaping has become a buzz word here in Colorado. Xeriscaping does not mean zero-scaping. Many beautiful plants exist that are drought tolerant and do well in the Colorado garden. Keep the following tips in mind when choosing your plants.
Keep it close to home. Choose plants that are native to your area. Do a little research, or attend a class at your local nursery. They can offer suggestions for what will work in your yard, and what will make a difference in the amount of water you pump on to the landscaping.
Your septic tank is a vital part of your home’s plumbing. The septic tank is the place where all the wastewater from your home goes. This means everything from your dishwater to your toilet water ends up in your septic tank.
If your septic tank ever stops functioning, it can mean a big mess, days or even weeks of heartache, and many costly repairs. It is very important to take care of your septic tank to keep it operating efficiently.
The first step in the proper maintenance of your septic tank is having it checked on a regular basis. This does not mean that you need to walk outside and examine the area where the tank is located. You need to have a professional come in about once a year and make sure your septic tank is functioning correctly.
While a septic tank uses a simple process for sorting out the waste (heavy waste falls to the bottom, giving it time to break down, while gray water stays on top and is released from the tank), it still needs regular maintenance. A professional can make sure that the tank is releasing only the gray water and ensure that it is not full.
Should your septic tank ever become too full, you will have to have it pumped. Scheduling regular pumping of the tank will help to prevent it from overflowing. If the tank overflows, you will have costly repairs to make to remove the waste and contamination. Read more
The Colorado Carbon Fund, or Project C, is a project that was begun by Colorado’s Governor’s Energy Office in an attempt to make Colorado a greener state. The founders of the project were concerned with the global warming trends and what that could mean for the future of our planet. So, they decided to begin a statewide cleanup effort to help reduce carbon emissions.
This fund supports large scale projects to reduce carbon emissions in Colorado. These projects include efforts to increase energy efficiency in buildings, factories, and transportation; reduce pollution in the air; improve watersheds and water quality; generate renewable energy; and so much more. However, it is only through the generosity and eco-conscientiousness of Coloradans that this project will succeed. This is where you and I can pitch in to save our planet.